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3600 Recreation Dr
Chicago, IL  60613-6155
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P: (312) 742-7930
Sydney R. Marovitz Course

9 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

36 par | 3,265 yards | 124 slope

35.2 rating

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Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course

The 9-hole "Sydney R. Marovitz" course at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course facility in Chicago, Illinois features 3,265 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 35.2 and it has a slope rating of 124. Sydney R. Marovitz golf course opened in 1898. Billy Casper Golf manages this facility, with Bill Weller as the General Manager.


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Reviewed May 17, 2011

Reviewed August 18, 2010

Reviewed May 07, 2010

Reviewed August 07, 2009

Played 8/5/09. Not the place for a "quick 9" after work. Reserved 4:22 tee time; went off @ 4:48. When my foursome got to par-3 5th hole, there was a foursome on the green and 3 foursomes waitng on the tee. Finished the round at 7:44. Greens were in pretty good shape; fairways very dry.

Reviewed July 27, 2008

Reviewed July 21, 2008

Reviewed April 24, 2008

Yeah I golfed this a about a year ago. Nice views, but you can get that at a park for free. $23 for 9 holes? $46 for 18. Not at a course in this condition. Its a disaster.

Reviewed September 16, 2007

I hate to pile onto the list of criticisms below, but this course needs some work. On the plus side, it has tremendous potential, with scenic views of Lake Michigan and fairly well designed holes. Fairway bunkers often come into play, and many of the greens have surrounding bunkers to make any approach difficult. Even though the course lost many, many trees due to recent storms, it still has plenty of woods to keep you occupied.

But this course could be so much better. As already noted, the greens are in terrible shape. Nearly every green had significat craters. While I think the fairways and rough are passable, the sand traps at this course (and seemingly every CPD course) are not sand traps but mud traps. If you expect players to play out of the sand, which on this course almost everyone will at some point, I'd hope that there would be actual sand in the traps. The tee boxes are generally not in good shape as well.

As far as pace of play goes, this course seems to get more than its fair share of novice golfers. I've golfed this more than a few times, and whenever it's busy you can expect to take 3 hours for 9 holes. I've seen people who hit 3 balls of the tee and not have one go more than 20 yards.

While fall golf does mean less people and faster rounds, it also means the migrating Canadian Geese take over. Once this happens, it is impossible NOT to step in geese poop on the course, which is similar in size to dog poop. It's no fun having to clean the poop off your clubs, shoes, etc. I really hope they do something about this for this coming fall.

Maybe most of these problems are because the course is busy a lot of the time, I don't know. Maybe I've been spoiled by other terrific municipal courses in the other places I've lived. I'll keep golfing it, since it's so close to where I live in Chicago. As one of the other reviewers said, it's not a bad deal if you have the CPD Advantage Card, which saves you $4.50 off each green fee. But each time I show up I'll be hoping that something has been improved.

Reviewed August 31, 2007

these guys have covered it. The greens are possibly the worst i have ever been on. The fairways and tee boxes are not maintained and the rough is just awful. Difficult rough isn't supposed to be like that. I believe that they maintain the 8th and 9th fairways better than the other holes to give the public a better impretion of the course.
Its not worth it to play this course when you can go to other near by courses that are maintained much better

Reviewed June 29, 2007

Poorly maintained course

$23 just isn't worth it for a 9 hole course where the sand traps are mud traps, the fairway and rough are barely differentiable, and fellow golfers seem to be out to kill you.

Think I'm kidding? I've played hundreds of rounds of golf, and this course was the first time I've seen someone I'm playing with actually get hit by a golf ball (thankfully it was on his back towards his shoulder and not his head). Not only that, but it was from behind, and there was no warning call at all. Turned out this wasn't an isolated incident as we had balls hit to within 10 yards of us three more times over only 9 holes.

Aside from all that, the course itself just isn't challenging. The scenery is nice and all, but that only counts for so much. The unkempt greens are the worst part as they are slow and very bumpy.

I can confidently say that I will never play this course again. One of the worst courses I've ever played at.

Reviewed September 28, 2006

Don't waste your time

If you play this course you will definitely be wasting your time. It is true that you can typically finish a round here in about 4 hours, the problem is that it's only nine holes. The pace is absolutely excruciating –and it’s not worth it. It’s a poorly maintained municipal course and it is not very challenging. Comparing anything about this course to Whistling Straits just blows my mind. The fairways are mostly weeds. The sand bunkers lack the critical ingredient of sand. The green are so bad (slow and bumpy) that they will destroy your putting skills. –And yes –it’s short.

If you’re looking for low green fees, then just continue south on Lakeshore Drive to Jackson Park Golf Course. It’s also a Chicago muni, but it’s a much better value.

Reviewed July 21, 2006

Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course

Marovitz Golf Course is a mixture of difficult holes that challenge low handicap players and simple holes play nicely for high handicappers. Being from milwaukee I have traveled to play the course several times, and the most common misconception i have seen is that the course is short, listed at only 3100 yards in length. However, the holes that are difficult are some of the longest and toughest i have played, even touger than some of the holes at whistling straits, a similar uk course design. The par 4 7th is listed around 460 but plays around 485 being all uphill. In contrast the easier holes such as the par 4 8th is level and is listed around 305 yards. This is common of the course and is the reason why it plays longer than listed. A great course for skilled golfers to bring less experienced players as it provides great holes for both. The scenery is also great along the chicago shoreline, and the flat land makes for a links style course that features a large clock tower in the background giving the player a feel of being in scotland. The negatives are, some holes might be too easy for the serious golfer, the groundskeeping can tend to be a little lax, and holes tend to be repetitive.

Reviewed June 27, 2006

What a shame

considering Kemper, what a shame the course isn't in better shape.

with bumbs crossing the fareways panhandling for change and the level of golfers who steal your balls, This gem of a location is tarnished.

Most courses are 2 dollars a hole but when you consider the wait its better to go during the off hours.

The discount card is a good deal and the rental clubs are better than ever along with the pull carts and riding golf carts for those who don't walk.

But I can say I've played better for the money.

The bathrooms are smelly although there is a clubhouse which dates back to the 19th century.

They still need to water when it gets dry. The traps need to be sandier although better than the mud pits they can be.

Newer staff makes this enjoyable as some of the younger guys were a bit cocky.

Over all this is one of my favorite courses to play as a Chicagoan because of the lake view, cool breezes, and at one time the cafe was great at the end of the 9th hole.

Best of all is the parking.

the course itself plays well for just about any level of player.

Have fun and enjoy.
Please keep it clean as the fence near the drive collects a lot of garbage. Don't hit there or you may find yourself in a trash dump.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 anne H. 55 68 13 06/13/08
2 Jeff S. 31 46 15 06/13/08
3 Dusty S. 40 55 15 07/25/08
4 Mark C. 22 42 20 04/09/12
5 Matthew O. 28 48 20 09/12/11
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About Sydney R. Marovitz

Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course

Golf Only facility

Managed by Billy Casper Golf

9 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Bill Weller, General Manager
Brett Gutekunst, Superintendent

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